Do you love sailing? Hoist the sails – we’re off to Cuba!

Do you love sailing? Hoist the sails – we’re off to Cuba!

If you want to relax in a dream destination, surrounded by white sand, turquoise seas and bright sunshine, then Cuba is the place for you. Here you can enjoy all kinds of water sports, stroll along the beaches or spend an afternoon shopping and having fun.

The Cuban archipelago has all the facilities required for nautical tourism: eight international marinas, 40 international diving centres, nine sailing clubs and numerous beach areas.

The ideal destination for practising these sports, on around 70, 000 km² of insular platform, Cuba has more than 200 bays and 600 km of natural beaches, enormous biological diversity, exotic species of marine fauna and 850 km of beautiful coral reefs.

The year-round warm temperatures on this Caribbean island make it the ideal destination for sailing and there’s no better host than the Meliá hotels, where you can combine sailing with a wide range of other fun activities. We have five destinations to offer you, which are not to be missed for those with the spirit of a sea wolf. You’ll have to discover the others on your own!

1. In Havana we can offer you a luxury combination. Accommodation at Meliá Cohiba + Visit to the Marina Hemingway, a leader in Cuban sailing and the ideal spot for lovers of the marina environment. It is internationally renowned for its role in staging regattas and fishing tournaments.

2. In Varadero there’s no better place for sea lovers than the Meliá Marina Varadero apartments, fully equipped for combining long stays on land with life on board. This is the ideal option for enjoying a modern marina and the most famous beach in Cuba, with numerous complementary options in the Plaza Las Morlas tourist village. You can’t afford to miss the excursion to Cayo Blanco, a maritime adventure where a catamaran will pick you up right by the hotel and you’ll enjoy interacting with dolphins, snorkelling, a lunch of fresh seafood and swimming in pristine, crystal-clear waters.

3. With spectacular sea beds and its proximity to one of the world’s largest coral reefs, Cayo Coco in Jardines del Rey offers varied diving activities for underwater lovers. Home to numerous species of flora and fauna, including a colony of pink flamingos, it’s an idyllic place with fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Accommodation available with all the required comforts: Meliá Jardines del Rey, Meliá Cayo Coco, Tryp Cayo Coco and Sol Cayo Coco.

4. Holguín is a remarkable setting, with the green and blue hues of the sea, where a fun-packed stay awaits you if maritime activities are what you enjoy. A must! The excursion to Playa Esmeralda and to Cayo Saetía and the unforgettable tropical swimming with dolphins at the Cayo Naranjo recreational park. One of the jewels in the crown of Cuba’s hotel industry can be found at this destination: Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa, an All Inclusive, Adult Only resort, with one complimentary diving session per guest per day. Personalised service and privacy in its exclusive Royal Service.

5. Cayo Largo is a jewel of the Caribbean, ideal for environmentalists. When it comes to turtle breeding, Cayo Largo del Sur is the most important place in Cuba and the fourth most important in the Caribbean, where there’s a positive commitment to protecting this species. An expert team protects the eggs in safe places, until the baby turtles are released 45 days after hatching; an operation that you’ll also have the opportunity to watch. Meliá Cuba offers hotels in this dream spot that are in harmony with this natural paradise: Sol Cayo Largo and Sol Pelícano.

And here are some of the key annual sailing events if you feel like joining in…


International Underwater Photography Event

Cayo Coco-Cayo Guillermo

29 April-3 May 2015


“Ernest Hemingway” International Billfishing Tournament

Marina Hemingway, Havana.

25-30 May 2015



International Underwater Photography Event

María La Gorda, Pinar del Río.

8-15 June 2015


Jardines del Rey Big Game Trolling Fishing Tournament

Cayo Coco- Cayo Guillermo

Jardines del Rey

5-10 October 2015


Sol Cayo Guillermo. Kite Surf



Sol Cayo Guillermo. Kite Surf